Kittencal's Old Fashioned White Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Fit a heavy-duty stand mixer with kneader blade.
  • In a small saucepan scald 1/2 cup milk with 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons salt until very warm stirring with a spoon until no sugar or salt granules remain; set aside until luke-warm (for faster cooling place in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes on your top fridge shelf).
  • Place 4 cups white flour and 3 tablespoons shortening (or lard) in the stainless steel mixing bowl along with the warm milk mixture; cover bowl with a towel to keep the milk warm.
  • In a cup mix together 1-1/4 cups warm water with 2 teaspoons sugar, mix with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved; add in 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast, stir with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
  • Place a towel over the cup and proof for about 8-10 minutes or until foamy.
  • Place the water/yeast mixture in the bowl.
  • Start mixing/kneading add in more flour as needed to create a soft smooth dough (about 8 minutes).
  • Remove the dough to a very lightly floured surface; cover with a clean tea towel and let rest for about 5-8 minutes.
  • Gather up the dough and shape into a ball, then place in a large well greased bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour (I use my oven!).
  • Punch down the dough and place on a surface.
  • Using hands (not a rolling pin) flatten to a 10 x 14-inch rectangle (trust me this dough will shape beautifully, no need for a rolling pin!).
  • Roll the dough up tightly then seal the long seam.
  • Using a knife slice off the dough ends just enough to fit into your 8x4-inch pan, then pinch the dough ends together to seal (you can shape the two ends in a ball and freeze to make buns or discard the dough).
  • Place in a dark metal 8 x 4-inch bread pan.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes or until doubled.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
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